HOUSE OF CARDS Season 6 will be its last, Tracking Board has confirmed.
The dark political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright will end after a final 13 episodes set to air in 2018.
The timing of the announcement is raising some eyebrows as it comes just a day after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp, who says Spacey made sexual advances towards him when he was 14 years old (and when Spacey was 26 years old). Spacey has since responded with an apology and by coming out as a gay man, angering some LGBTQ advocates, including GLAAD.
Former House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon also responded to the allegations, saying, “Anthony Rapp’s story is deeply troubling. During the time I worked with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards, I neither witnessed nor was aware of any inappropriate behavior on set or off. That said, I take reports of such behavior seriously and this is no exception. I feel for Mr. Rapp and I support his courage.”
Despite this unfolding story, according to TVLine, who broke the news of the cancellation, the decision to end the show after Season 6 may have been made months ago and this is just a case of very bad timing.
Production on Season 6 began earlier this month. Co-showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese, who took over for Willimon after Season 4, are expected to remain for the remainder of the series.